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Poster: duckpond74 Date: Jul 15, 2011 10:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the most unoriginal original band in the world

". . . and a bevy of obscure writers."

I believe many would argue that Merle Haggard, John Phillips, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Dixon, Bob Dylan, Marvin Gaye and Hank Williams are hardly "obscure Writers". I can see how Gary Davis, Lightnin' Hopkins, Elmore James and the rest of their 'bevy' might not be household names for many folks, but to countless music lovers around the globe, these writers also can hardly be labeled 'obscure'.

Critics, reviewers and pop music historians have called the Grateful Dead "the biggest American folk band", and "the biggest American dance band" for much of their run. I have to believe that the covers were a conscious effort on their part to foster and grow these types of reputations.

The band's choice of covers to supplement their vast repertoire of original - and at most times brilliant - material, is what made them a uniquely original live touring act for decades.

just my 2 cents worth.

This post was modified by duckpond74 on 2011-07-15 17:21:47